Oliver Gagliani, Virginia City, Nevada, 1982

Description (Brief):

Inkjet Print by Charles Rushton of Oliver Gagliani, 1982, Virginia City, Nevada.

Description (Brief)

Black and white portrait of an elderly man sitting in a wooden chair. Man has wild gray hair and a bushy white beard. He is wearing glasses, dark pants and a park plaid flannel shirt with three buttons. Man is facing the viewer with his legs crossed and his hands folded together. The background is dark wood carved in rectangle shapes. The ground is a brick pattern. Recto: signed, titled and dated by artist.

Charles Rushton is an American photographer that made portraits of New Mexico photographers between the years of 1980 and 1994. This particular collection consists of 38 prints: twenty-nine- 8"x10" gelatin silver prints and nine- 8½"x11" inkjet prints acquired from the photographer. The collection includes photographers Tom Barrows, Van Deren Coke, Betty Hahn, David Michael Kennedy, Patrick Nagatani, Beaumont Newhall and Joel-Peter Witkin. The earliest print in this collection is of Manuel Carrillo in 1982, and the last piece added to the collection is of Holly Roberts in 1994.

Rushton chose this particular project after attending a Zone VI workshop offered by Fred Picker in Vermont in 1980. While at the workshop Rushton was given specific advice to pick a topic and stick to it instead of switching random topics every day. This was when Rushton had the idea to photograph artists and photographers upon returning home to New Mexico. With the help of photographer friend, Bob Hooten, Rushton was able to obtain the names of photographers that suited the parameters of his project. After a few years, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History purchased several of Rushton's prints for their collection of portraits of New Mexico Artists and expressed interest in seeing his future work. With the permission of the museum, Rushton used the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History name to help him gain influence and access to more famous photographers such as Beaumont Newhall.

Rushton studied photography under Fred Picker, Oliver Gagliani (depicted in the collection) and Arnold Newman (depicted in the collection). Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from St. Thomas University, a Master of Arts in Library Science degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography degree from the University of Oklahoma. Rushton is currently a professor of digital photography at Oklahoma City Community College and Moore-Norman Technology Center.

Date Made: 1982Print Made: 2008

Maker: Rushton, Charles R.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Nevada

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Credit Line: Charles R. Rushton

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2008.0178.11Catalog Number: 2008.0178.11Accession Number: 2008.0178

Object Name: inkjet printphotograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 1/2 in x 11 in; 21.59 cm x 27.94 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-ad7d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1346002

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